AUA SPH’s Meghrigian Institute Reduces Avoidable Blindness and Visual Impairment in Shahumian Region of Artsakh

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By the AUA School of Public Health

SHAHUMIAN, Artsakh – In October 2013, the American University of Armenia (AUA)’s Garo Meghrigian Institute for Preventive Ophthalmology (Meghrigian Institute) of the AUA School of Public Health (AUA SPH) completed a project aimed at reducing the incidence of avoidable blindness and visual impairment among the socio-economically disadvantaged population in the Shahumian Region of Artsakh.

The Meghrigian Institute conducted free eye screenings for the residents of Karvachar and Aknaberd towns, as well as Nor Brajur, Nor Verinshen, Tsar, Getashen, Dadivanq, Nor Erqej, Nor Karachinar, Yeghegnut and Nor Manashid villages.  Overall, 98 patients received eye screenings.  All patients diagnosed with eye pathologies received free ophthalmic consultation about their diagnosis and further treatment.  Seventy-two patients who had refractive errors or presbyopia received eye glasses from the Meghrigian Institute.  The Meghrigian Institute plans to continue its work in Artsakh.

The AUA School of Public Health works actively to improve the health of the populace and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals and others to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.

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